Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it's all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.
But Annika's plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly fi nds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?
You know those books that you thought would be just another YA book, but leaves you moved and staring at nothing while realizing what the story conveys? Well, Just One Wish is one of those. I was so stirred that I teared-up several times after all of it sinked in.
Here, we meet the protagonist, Annika Truman, a seventeen-year-old girl who would do everything to keep her kid brother, Jeremy's heart beating. She believes that Jeremy will survive his upcoming surgery if she encouraged him to believe he can surpass it. In order to do so, she made up a story that she found a genie, who will grant them 3 wishes. She said that she already used the first wish, thus leaving them only 2 wishes. The first wish, according to Annika, is for Jeremy to wish that he will survive his surgery, while the last wish is to be used for his own personal wish. Knowing that Jeremy loves the Robin Hood TV series, Annika bought an action figure that he's been asking their parents ever since the TV show began. But she didn't see Jeremy's wish coming---he wished that the real Robin Hood (the actor) will visit and teach him archery. Annika, thinking that everything she'd planned---from making up the genie story, up to helping jeremy believe that he will surpass the surgery---will all fail if she didn't get Jeremy's last wish to come true. So, she did everything to get Steve Raleigh visit his brother before the operation. After a couple troubles here and there, she finally told and convinced Steve of helping her plan work out---only to hear Jeremy wish a different one she never thought coming.
I was touched with Annika's made up a story about her saving Jeremy after them being stuck in the Underworld with the Grim Ripper, and how she struggles to tell him a way how the story ends.
Just One Wish is an inspiring yet heart-wrenching story about facing reality. Sometimes, in order to face life's trials, you just have to believe that everything happens for a reason, and will workout eventually---in God's will.